For today’s post, I wanted to focus on one item in my closet that I have been wearing non-stop and highly recommend, the alpaca sweater by Everlane! – if the blog title didn’t give it away 😉
This sweater has become one of my favorite pieces these past few months. I throw it on almost every time I need to run an errand. I first noticed it several years when it was released in the fall of 2018 but decided to wait and ultimately added one to my closet this season. I first took to this sweater because it reminded me of a sweater that I have owned for over 5 years now that is from Zara. That sweater is still in heavy rotation and I wear it so often that I felt comfortable adding another similar piece to my closet.
I received the sweater in mustard as a gift from Everlane and immediately took to its’ texture and shape. It has volume but due to the material blend it is not heavy or bulky. I found myself wearing this piece multiple times a week (same as my cream one from Zara) and decided to get it in the java color as well.
I decided on mustard and java for this sweater since my closet has historically been mostly black or grey and I have been wanting to add warmer tone pieces to my collection. I just wanted to make sure they were pieces I love and this sweater fit the bill!
In this post I’ll discuss the material of the sweater, fit and warmth, some of the sweater specs, styling inspo and similar sweaters that are made by BIPOC, size inclusive and different price points so lets’ jump in!
Oversized Alpaca Sweater Review
Made: Fujian, China
Material: 60% Alpaca, 30% Nylon, 10% Wool
Since sweaters can be tricky to shop for online due to their different fabric blends, I wanted to share a comparison of the Everlane Alpaca sweater to other sweaters that I own. Everyone’s tolerance to natural fibers is so different so hopefully this comparison will help you put this sweater in perspective.
SoloSix Home Crew Sweater – 100% Alpaca – I find this sweater irritates me slightly around the neck and upper back where the material is the closest to my skin. It is not a constant irritant but just every once in a while. After wearing the sweater for 10min or so I don’t notice it as much but will sometimes wear this sweater with a base layer underneath it.
Babaa No.17 Sweater – 100% Eco Wool – My skin has a higher tolerance to my Babaa sweater than my SoloSix sweater. It does irritate my skin a little around my neck (do to the turtleneck) but I rarely notice it. I also normally do not wear a base layer under this sweater as it is oversized and does not bother me. If it was a more tight fitting silhouette, that may change things.
Elizabeth Suzann Harper in Lightweight Wool – 60% Climate Beneficial Wool, 40% Alpaca – this sweater does not bother my skin at all. The silhouette is also a little oversized but even if it were a more form fitting sweater, I don’t think this blend would bother my skin.
Everlane Oversized Alpaca Sweater – 60% Alpaca, 30% Nylon, 10% Wool – this sweater also does not bother my skin at all. I will say, it is the thinnest sweater out of the above three that I mentioned but is still warm. I have worn a layer underneath for very cold temperatures though because the wind will cut through this blend.
My Measurements: Height 5’5”, Weight: 151lbs, Chest: 37”, Waist: 31”, Hips: 42”
Medium – I opted for a Medium with my first oversized alpaca because I was slightly heavier at the time and I definitely wanted an oversized look. Overall I am happy with the fit of the Medium. It is tuckable but has the volume that is shown on the models on the website. The length comes about half way down my bum and the sleeves are about half way down my hands comfortably. When the sleeves are pulled back to my wrist they create a more balloon affect which I like. I think I may have been able to get away with a small which would be even more tuckable. If I decided to invest in a third sweater I may try out a small but am happy with the fit of the medium.
X-Large – This sweater is oversized, as it states in the product name, but after seeing Caroline Joy style a version of this sweater that was 3x larger than her normal size, I wanted to create a similar look. I love how the sleeves are exaggerated on my frame and appear even more balloon like. However, my bum is a little too rounded to have the almost tunic-like look that Caroline was able to create but I still enjoy wearing the XL. It is definitely a lot harder to tuck in since there is so much fabric but I love throwing it on as a lounge piece.
I touched on this a little above but I find this sweater a little on the light side due to the fabric blend and weave. The weave makes it so soft but wind will cut through it. I find it most comfortable if the temperature is 40-50F (4-10C) and may even be comfortable in 60F (15C). If I want to wear this sweater in colder temperatures I will add a base layer underneath (especially if I will be outside for extensive periods of time.
I honestly do not wash my sweaters very often and mainly spot treat them. However, Everlane recommends having the sweater dry cleaned.
oversized alpaca style inspiration
Here are some ways I’ve styled my two Alpaca sweaters. I’ve found this sweater is very easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion. I personally love it tucked into a wide leg pant with boots or paired up with jeans and sneakers for a casual cold weather look.
Look 1 Outfit Sources: Madewell Sweater Coat, size: small (old, linked to similar) / Everlane Oversized Alpaca Sweater in Mustard , size: medium (gifted) / Everlane Cheeky Straight Jeans in Sandstone, size: 30 ankle (gifted) / Converse High Tops in Black, size: 7 tts / Baggu Fanny Pack in black
Look 2 Outfit Sources: Elizabeth Suzann Cocoon Coat, size: OS (from past season, linked to new version) / Everlane Oversized Alpaca Sweater in Java , size: x-large (gifted) / Elizabeth Suzann Linen Florence Pants in Black, size: small regular / Everlane Boss Boots in Black, size: 7 tts / Mejuri Double Curb Chain Necklace (gifted) / Wolf Circus Marcel Shell Pendant
Look 3 Outfit Sources: Everlane Oversized Alpaca Sweater in Mustard , size: medium (gifted) / Everlane Cheeky Straight Jeans in Washed Black, size: 30 ankle / Everlane Boss Boots in Black, size: 7 tts / Elizabeth Suzann Scarf in Fawn Lightweight Wool
Look 4 Outfit Sources: Everlane Oversized Alpaca Sweater in Java , size: x-large (gifted) / Everlane Cheeky Straight Jeans in Washed Black, size: 30 ankle / Everlane Tread Sneakers in Off White, size: 7 tts (gifted) / Mejuri Double Curb Chain Necklace (gifted) / Mejuri Tarot Moon Necklace (gifted)
Similar sweater options
1 | BIPOC – 7115 by Szeki Poet Sleeve Cotton Sweater
2 | Size Inclusive – Madewell Allister Pullover Sweater (now 30% off!)
3 | Under $75 (Size Inclusive) – JCrew Oversized Crewneck Sweater
4 | Under $50 – J.O.A Oversized Sweater
5 | Ethically Made – Vetta Capsule Oversized Sweater
6 | Ethically Made – Tradlands Modern Fisher Sweater
If you are looking to add this sweater to your closet and have any further questions, please let me know!
Both of these sweaters were gifted to me by Everlane. However, as always, all opinions and thoughts are honest and my own. Also, this post does contain affiliate links. If you shop through those links, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support The Thoughtful Closet!